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Pure Hoppiness - Alpine Beer Company

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Reviews: 723
Hads: 2,598
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 1,260
Gots: 277 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Alpine Beer Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: xlperro on 12-18-2002

This brew uses several varieties and multiple hop additions to the kettle as well as a large "hop back" to give the bitterness and aroma a start. Plenty of dry hops finish it off and give a big hop bouquet.
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Photo of MEsoJD
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Poured into a generic Tulip Glass]

I: I'm so happy I was able to get a hold of a bottle of this stuff. Even living in California, getting brew from this company is hard. Their most famous and sought bottle would probably be "Exponential Hoppiness", but scoring some "Pure Hoppiness" is the next best thing. As a hop head, I'm mostly hoping for a big hop presence.

B: [8% ABV 22 FL. OZ Bottled December 2012] The beer is good, but not great in terms of presentation. The artwork and label texture don't mesh. It needs a more papery/rugged feel. Parts of the artwork are almost reminiscent of ms clip art/paint. The information provided though is great. Brief description, abv, size, origin, etc... If I do end up keeping this bottle, it will be for the hype and quality.

A: An orange transparent body with a nice fluffy/slight creamy white head(moderate dissipation), and decent lacing. A standard ipa in appearance.

S: Nice pine hops, fruity citrus, and sweet malt.

T: Quite tasty! Sweet malt, grapefruit (tropical presence), spicy pine hops throughout. Balanced presence of all flavors throughout. Salivating aftertaste due to it's slick characteristic on the back of tongue.

M: slick/crisp/slight dry finish, medium bodied, perfect carbonation, and apparent alcohol(not intrusive).

O: Pure Hoppiness stands out because it's probably one of the best examples of the style. It has great balance in every category and it makes you salivate for another sip (one of my favorite qualities in a good beer). The only gripes I have is that it's not complex and I really feel Alpine can really do a better job in their presentation. Still great balance and presence. I highly recommend this and while the bottle isn't the greatest looker, it's worthy keeping. Savor Great Beer!

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pure Hoppiness is a crystal-clear, sparkling pale-amber colored beer with a brief-lived, medium pebbly off-white head that leaves fair rafts and ladders of lacing. The nose is big and bright: sweet pineapple juice and citrus over more modest cotton candy and sweet floral notes, with hints of pine and slight alcohol overtones. The palate leads with moderately-bitter pineapple and piney-floral soapiness, which are joined mid-palate by a bittersweet nuttiness and a view of the bready malt foundation; the bitterness builds some, but remains moderate for the style. The finish is pretty dry and fairly clean, with some hop soapiness remaining, followed by the onset of a substantial style-appropriate clinging bitterness that lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light-medium body, and the texture is moderately creamy and slightly peppery from the fizzy-but-restrained carbonation. (12 oz bottle, 166 days before best-by)

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Photo of srroos
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange-gold with one finger off white head. Smells sweet like honey but citrusy. Tons and tons of hops with some malt to back the hops up. Still feels fairly light to drink, which makes it easy to drink a lot of.

A major hop bomb, but nothing that makes me love this one. I'd love to try this on tap though to see if my opinion improved...

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Photo of aglose45
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to alexd3891 for this beer in our bet on the NLCS, Go Phillies!

Drinking and reviewing this for my one year birthday here on Beeradvocate...

A: Poured a nice golden, off-white head.

S: Smells of pine needles dipped in grapefruit juice! There is also a sweet tropical flavor in there as well. Backing this all up seems to be a bready backbone. This smells fantastic!

T: Just like it smells, pine needles and grapefruits, with also a hint of possibly pineapple or some other tropical fruit. There is also a malty backbone consisting of a sweet bready flavor, but make no mistake, this is an incredible hop assault! This beer is bitter and that's just how I like 'em! The flavor that stays in the mouth post-swallow is a delicious pine flavor.

M: The tiny little bubbles tingle perfectly in the mouth and on the way down. This beer has perfect carbonation for the style, a medium body, and a good amount of hop residue left on the tongue.

D: This is exactly what I look for in a beer, and this makes me consider moving to San Diego county...

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely a world class beer. Great hop profile with a nice balance of pine and citrus. Medium body with excellent mouthfeel. Despite the name, it isnt an over the top hop bomb, it comes off more balanced and brilliantly executed... It is missing a certain element that the very best IIPAs have (Heady and Hop Zombie come to mind) that prevents this from being a 5. Nonetheless, a fantastic beer well worth seeking out.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a few bottles of Nelson and Pure Hoppiness lying around, so I figured I might as well pop at least one of them open.

Pours a nice clear copper, with a nice pillowy head with good retention. The lacing runs well with it, too. It has a nice sweet hoppiness aroma, not too piney. The taste is just as pleasant as the smell. Nice, crisp hop flavor all the way through. There's a nice tingly hop bite that accompanies the taste.

Overall, I'd say this is a solid dipa that showcases the hops well, but isn't too overwhelming. I do wish there were a bottling date present, though...

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Photo of WOTO97
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a phenomenal west coast ipa. Big, fresh nose of hops: citrus, slight pine/resin notes, tropical notes, such as pineapple, and just enough spice. The look is pretty incredible. Tons of sticky lacing surrounding a orange/golden transparency with just enough head for the style. PH tastes just as it smells--tons of hops with a sweet bite on the finish. Finishes surprisingly clean with just enough stickiness to complement the huge hop kick. In terms of drinkability, I wish I had another.

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Photo of Pecorasc
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber as an extra from Floydster. poured into an oversized tulip glass. no date on the bottle.

A- creamy white head immediately leaves lacing as it shrinks down to a thin layer of foam. deep gold to reddish. fantastic clarity. appears moderately to aggressively carbonated. great lacing.

S- pine needles and tree sap dominate, complemented by orange and orange rind with sweet malt, almost honey-like.

T- pine trees and citrus. a strong malt base, but not overpowering the hop character. sort of reminds me of sweet tarts.

M- perfect. viscous, but carbonated enough to make the bitterness pop.

D- don't need to wait very long for the next mouthful, no sipping this one. fast drinking 8%.

Fantastic DIPA. I drank Alpine AND I went to bed.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice clear golden with a never ending meringue head with Styrofoam lacing

S: Smells delicious with a piney pineapple and some flowers

T: Not as hoppy as i expected. has a pineapple rhine and honeysuckle and a pine tree above you taste.

M: dry mouth

D: the whole beer went down quite easily but when it got warm it had a little soapy taste to it. other than that its a well made beer for an everyday DIPA but nothing to crazy

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Photo of Rjhami
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served from 22oz to NB Globe.

A - A massive foamy head that starts out nearly 4 fingers wide. Layers upon layers of lacing subside above a constant stream of tiny carbonation bubbles. It is an apricot color with some transparency.

S - A toasty pine with citrusy nuances that you have to search for a bit. Pure hoppiness indeed as the hops give a pleasant smack to the senses.

T - A fantastic hop presence that is ridiculously smooth. Nice dry finish.

M - Lighter than expected and refreshing. The carbonation is notable and satisfying. The beer floats into your mouth as you quaff.

D - Goes down very easy for it's style. Could be potentially dangerous it is so drinkable. This brew is right up there with the best of the style.

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Photo of ALBuff
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beautiful orange double coats your mouth like a cup of bitter honey. Plenty of big grapefruit notes on the nose and on the front of the tongue upon first quaff; but as the Pure Hoppiness spreads over the tongue, it's the much more bitter pine and nut flavors that leave a lasting impression.

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Photo of turfy
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SN tulip.

A - A deep golden color with a two finger creamy head, which settled down into a solid film throughout the drink.

S - Strong piney blast, with a touch of grapefruit. Nice!

T - Expected hoppy bite with a caramel maltiness. Man I love these superbly balanced DIPA'S! A pleasant lingering bitter hop aftertaste.

M - Moderate to slightly heavy mouthfeel and light carbonation.

D- Well, you probably wouldn't want to drink 5-6 of these in a session, but 1-3 would be a perfect fix for a DIPA loving hophead like me.

A superb beer. Don't pass up a chance to enjoy this one!

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Photo of HumuloneRed
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz. Bottle. The pour is a clear orange with a white head and lacing. Nice pine cone nose with some malt. Very piny and citrus in the flavor with a nice light malt background. Not overly bitter but still has a nice lingering bitterness in the finish. I can thank my friend Doug for this one!

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Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been on an Alpine thirst, and this beer is by far the best IPA i have ever had.

Served into a tulip glass.

Color: It glows a honey orange with a bit of haziness. Its beautifully carbonated for an IPA and it develops a nice head as you pour it into a your glass.

Nose: A gorgeous bouquet of fresh hops and dry hop hit the senses first followed by ripe apricots, peaches, and grape fruit. Mellow wet forrest smells appear near the end of your nosing.

Palate: An amazing mouth feel. Plenty of stuff going on on the tongue: you get hit with the dry hop followed by some moist pine and sweet fruit. Truly complex and bursting with flavor.

Finish: Long and spectacular! layered and layered to perfection. Balanced, yet overwhelmingly hoped. Just blows you away. An IPA lover's dream beer.

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Photo of PatrickSwayze
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My pops just received a hole bunch of Alpine beers from a co-worker. This is the one i chose since ive enjoyed the majority of the others.

A: Poured out with a faint head with large bubbles that remained around the sides and also a faint spider web of froth in the middle.

S: Man oh man does this one smell good. A very nice hop bouquet jumps from the glass. Extremely fresh and citrusy followed by mellow pears in the nose.

T: This one is an extremely flavorful beer with light bread malt notes that are complimented by the yummiest hop citrus and light piney flavors. A really dry and amazing well rounded IPA that isn't overly bitter but enough to let you know that this sucker is fresh to death.

M: Very dry which hits the style dead on. I really want more and more. Far from thin, that packs plenty of depth for the taste buds from the front to the back of the tongue.

O: Um i need more plain and simple. This sucker is tasty and is freaking "bomb.com" (that means its damn good lolz)

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Photo of macktbone
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Obrien's.

Looks nice and dark, for a DIPA. Beautiful bone white head and perfect carbonation.

Smells awesome. Perfect balance of pine and hops..smells much like one famous double not so old compared to itself.

Very fresh flavor. Nice heavy hops without the oily texture on the roof of your mouth. Woodier than other strong doubles that I've had recently. Perfect carbonation allows for concentration of the subtle edges.

Good feel for the style...I enjoyed not scraping the oils from my mouth.

Highly drinkable. This is a real Double with lots of potential for spreading the word. Don't pass it up!

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Photo of beersabound
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Metallitone1 for this one! This has a very nice and clear golden color but the bubbles were a little large and the head and lacing could have been better. The piny, resiny hoppy aroma is very inviting. It reminds me a lot of Centennial hops and I love Centenntial. The flavor was very hoppy with a piny, resinous flavor and none of the fruity grapefruit flavors. There is little alcohol or other fermentation characteristics. There is a slight sweetness but the beer is rather dry and allows the hops to shine. The dryness made the mouthfeel a little less than great. Overall, though, this is a very tasty San Diego Pale that I would try again.

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Photo of durrrr
4.59/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed in bottle picked up recently from the brewery.

Appearance is very clear for a DIPA. Kind of a copper amber color. The nose on this beer is one of my favorites to date. A bit delicate. You get the pine, some citrus, floral and sweet notes, I almost get like a hint of cotton candy. The taste is very well balanced and extremely drinkable, clean and crisp for the style. Very little malt detected, alcohol well hidden and nice hop profile and bitterness throughout. A nice crisp hoppy finish as well. Mouthfeel is solid although possibly the most carbonated DIPA I have tried. I like carbonation but perhaps a bit high for the style. Overall a very solid DIPA. I haven't had the good fortune to try Alpine's others to get a comparison but a wonderful beer from an amazing West Coast brewery.

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Photo of ghetto90007
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a golden amber, with a tidy, silky, off-white head about two fingers thick. Slight haze. Substantial lacing. Juicy and resilient head.

Smells amazing. Floral, citrus and pine hops and notes of bubble gum (?) sweetness. Smells just delicious.

Nice grainy malt character underpins this brew, with a variety of hop flavors coming out of it. Bitterness, a pungent earthy flavor, some funkiness like overcooked greens lurks in the background. Some herbal qualities. Fresh produce - seriously. Some sweet malt flavors come in, muted caramel, and a fleeting fruit like sweetness. Flavors clear and there is just citrus rind like hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

The carbonation seems to work through this brew in a very balanced way as the mouthfeel is quite soft and smooth.

An enjoyable and in some ways surprising beer. Drinkable and delicious.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle dated 27 APR 16.
Look: Frothy head and amber.
Smell: Pine and grapefruit.
Taste: Super dank, a lot of pine and some grapefruit and pepper at the end.
Feel: More carbonated than I like and has lingering bitterness.
Overall: Solid west coast DIPA.

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Photo of Cobrito
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So four Alpine beers have recently hit GA and I have tried all of them and I really like two of them--Nelson (definitely the best) and Hoppy Birthday--and two are just sort of meh--Duet and this one, Pure Hoppiness.

To be brief: This is one of many DIPAs that has an overly dominant sweet note in both the aroma and the taste, similar to my tastes to Double Trouble or Hoptimum. So to me this is fairly run of the mill and does not rise above the crowd.

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Photo of ebin6
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Thick, voluminous head immediately after pouring; Carbonation is clearly visible. Pours a golden orange color.

S - The amount of hops leaps out immediately; very excited to see if it delivers in the taste

T - Absolutely amazing. Best hop taste I've had aside from Pliny the Younger.

M - Hits the lips hard and fast, moving on to every corner of the mouth from there. Literally an eye opener; makes you sit up and take notice

D - Better with every sip; immediately in my top 3 IPAs. Smooth and consistent from start to finish

If anyone is looking for a substitute for PtY, I say look no further than Alpine's Pure Hoppiness!

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Photo of MacDomer
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of fellow BA Googzoid10 - thanks for the opportunity, Greg!

I love me some DIPAs. This is a nice looking one - orangey yellow, with a thick white head and great lacing. This one smells piney, tart with grapefruit rind, and fresh. Yum. Flavor is very nice, but not what I pictured from something named pure hoppiness. It has more balance that I expected, but it's still a nice hop bomb. The hops are big and juicy but don't have as long of a finish I would have liked. The mouthfeel is delicious with nice carbonation, and the drinkability is pretty good to boot. Overall, quite nice!

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Photo of Allpe45
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, No freshness date but it was purchased at the brewery less than a week ago.

Appears bright reddish orange with an off-white short foamy head. Recedes quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing near the top of the liquid. Good clarity. Smells like sweet citrus fruit, tangerine and grapefruit, along with strong pine and subtle caramel malt. Incredibly hoppy flavor. This isn't a hop bomb by any means, just a fairly well balanced west coast DIPA . Pine and citrusy flavors come together up front to provide a blast of hoppiness, a little bit of caramel malty sweetness rounds out the middle and provides temporary relief until the finish which brings about a huge oily and bitter hop finish. Very sticky lingering mouthfeel that keeps the bitterness around for ages after the drink is empty. Medium-full bodied for the style with slick/smooth low carbonation. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, hoppy as hell but not over-the-top.

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Photo of snaxcat
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This being my second Alpine beer reassures my thirst for more.

A bouquet of tropical and floral aromas burst out of the tulip upon pouring this strikingly clear, golden-hued DIPA. A quarter inch frothy head dissipates to a filmy slick on top with little lacing.

A highly resinous and fruity flavor leads to a strong bitter finish, not stopping there, but lingering with luscious pineapple and citrus.

Truly a divine intervention of Pure Hoppiness.
Drink Alpine Ale, or go to bed!

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Pure Hoppiness from Alpine Beer Company
96 out of 100 based on 723 ratings.